For high school graduates, fields such as health care, cosmetology, computer repair, real estate or automobile repair offer certifications that can help them land higher-paying jobs. Professionals who have already established careers in fields such as sales, nursing or management can pursue a certificate to qualify for better-paying positions.
Workers in the health care industry who require a certificate include certified nursing assistants, dental assistants, licensed practical nurses, medical transcriptionists and emergency medical technicians. Other certificates that can help recent high school graduates break into a field include preschool teaching, welding and other metalworking, heating and air conditioning repair and installation, fitness training and massage therapy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on the average salaries of workers in various jobs and the projected growth rates of different fields, which may help graduates decide on careers.
Customer service professionals may land a more lucrative position with a foreign language certification. Managers in many different industries can pursue project management and corporate training certifications to advance their careers. In addition, people working in the administrative and clerical fields who also perform tasks related to information technology, desktop support and web design may benefit from a certification in one of those areas.